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Growing for the Future is a unique online, interactive virtual conference focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, student loans, land tenure, food safety, women and veterans in farming, conservation and much more!

The conference is completely online, and features farmer-to-farmer webinars, live Q & A, a discussion board, a resource center and free giveaways! Register now for free to join us in December for this unique opportunity!

December 5-8, 5pm-8pm EST


Tentative Agenda

December 5th

Tom Driscoll – Grant Writing 101
Paul Goeringer – Managing Legal Risk on the Farm
Harrison Topp – Less Than or Equal To: Turning Mentor Relationships into Healthy Business Partnerships
Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition Program – Farm Labor Live Discussion

December 6th

Barbara Patterson – Farm Bill Breakdown
Sarah Campbell – NAP: How it Benefits Beginning Farmers
Michael Kovach – Sticking With It: Surviving the ‘Seven Year Itch
Brian Massey (Interview) – Urban Farming as a Beginning Farmer

December 7th

Bridget Holcomb – Managing Your Farm/Businesses/Nonprofit: It All Comes Down to Communication
Michael O’Gorman – Beginning Farmer Needs for Veterans
FarmHer – Live Q&A, 7:00PM EST
Lisa Kiverest – How She Does It: Women Farmers Generating Income through Diversification

December 8th

Bill Stevenson – Co-Ops 101
Ben Dye – Technology and Farming, FarmLink
JoAnn Baumgartner – Biodiversity on the Farm
Tom Giessel – Farmers Union Progressive